For this week’s challenge, I went into my archives for one of my early paintings. This is North Head Lighthouse, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River.  My son was assigned to the Coast Guard station near here and we walked up to the lighthouse while visiting him.

North Head Lighthouse, watercolor, 23" x 18"

North Head Lighthouse, watercolor, 23″ x 18″

By the time the Columbia River meets the ocean, it is a large river, carrying a lot of water and sand.  This forms a treacherous, constantly shifting bar at the mouth of the river.  These are dangerous waters.  Ships sailing from over the horizon look for this light to help determine their position.  Even with wonderful electronic means of calculating position (GPS), there is no substitute for the visual confirmation of a known light.